Friendly Fill-Ins

Fill-In Funzies!

It’s that day of the week for the HOP we love so much – and it’s co-hosted by our friends 15andMeowing and McGuffy’s Reader.    In fact, if you feel like hopping aboard this Blog Hop, just click McGuffy’s badge above then sign up on the LINKY form!   Easy – go for it and share your thoughts with the rest of us Hoppers.   Every week both of those blogs give us a list of four (two from each) sentences with blanks – and we have to fill in the blanks……this week’s four sentences are below – AND, I let my Mom fill them in this week!   Her fill-ins are in CHRISTMAS RED!


1. The best part of last week was finally starting my Christmas shopping – I’m later than usual this year for some reason!

2. The worst part of last week was not finding all the stuff I wanted to get for gifts on my first time “out” – that means more shopping next week……

3. Closet cleaning and kitchen cabinet clearing out is a Winter project that I will be working on.

4. A holiday gift that I always buy for someone is Christmas socks – that’s right – it’s just a personal tradition to give socks to SOMEONE on my Christmas list!
YAY!   Thanks Mom – I couldn’t figure out how to answer ANY of those questions – this is my very FIRST Christmas so I guess I’m having to learn about family traditions and stuff so I’m afraid I’m not good with Christmas questions.  All I know is that I’ve been very GOOD so no doubt I’m on Santa’s NICE list.
Actually I already got an early present from Santa – he dropped it off yesterday and asked Mom and Dad if they wouldn’t mind being his “Virginia Elves” and putting it together because they were SO busy at the North Pole right now.   Mom and Dad said “of course” and they thought it might take several days to put it together but it didn’t – it took an hour!    So I got to have it EARLY (Santa told them I could have it early if they finished it early).    Here it is:
Pawsome huh?    Well, know what?   So far I haven’t gone near it.   I want some time to get used to it being in my basement.   I’m a BIG BOY too and I’m not sure I’ll really FIT on that thing.   It’s six feet tall and the “condos” are nice sized – that big one I can definitely fit in and the perches I can put my buns on and stare out the windows but so far, even with the temptation of following the Red Dot, or snarfing up some treats on one of the platforms – I’m keeping my distance.    Mom and Dad have said that I just have to get used to SEEING it there before I’ll use it.    I’m not so sure…………I kinda like the hanging mouses and the rope……..guess I’ll just have to be brave and give it a whirl!     I don’t want Santa Paws to be disappointed in me since he brought it to me.
Have you done your “WISH LIST” for Santa?   Time’s almost up – you all better do a list – and make sure you stay on the NICE LIST too unless you want to get a bag of coal (Mom told me that’s what BAD kitties get but that’s silly…….coal????????).
See you tomorrow for BAKIN’ WITH BACON (Christmas Version)……………woo hoo!!

Friday Friendly Fill-Ins

Time For Fill-Ins!!!

That means it must be Friday!    We get to join the fun “fill-in-the-blanks” Blog Hop that is co-hosted by our friends Annie of McGuffy’s Reader AND Ellen of 15andmeowing!    All you have to do is click on the badge above and be magically whisked off to McGuffy’s where you can join the HOP – just fill in the LINKY form and you’ll be in the Hop with the rest of us………

I thought I’d be SWELL this week and let Mom do the filling in…………….Just a little treat for her since she’s my Mom and I love her!   TAKE IT AWAY MOM!!    (her fill-ins are in blue)

1. I can’t wait to eat turkey stuffing of ANY kind on Thanksgiving.

2. My favorite kind of pie is pumpkin – with whipped cream of course!

3. This year, I am particularly thankful for the fact we have our Teddy – we will be missing Sammy so much but Teddy will help us get through the holidays – he’s such a FUN boy!
4. A funny holiday tradition in my/our house is a rather “traditional tradition” of breaking the wishbone to make a wish – I almost ALWAYS get to make MY wish!

OK Mom – thanks.   I’m glad that having me will make you and Daddy less sad this year for the holidays.   I know that it will soon be the one year anniversary of Angel Sammy leaving for the Rainbow Bridge on his magical balloon tour.    I’ve heard that was the most amazing thing EVER.    I’m THANKFUL that you had him for company for almost 17 years and I hope I’m here for AT LEAST that long to keep you and my Dad smiling!
Seeing me playing in my totally torn up red play cube sure keeps you two giggling!!
How did my purple ribbon wind up on my neck?!?!?!
Please never throw away the red cube Mom no matter how torn up it gets……………it’s my favorite thing………..the blue one is still perfect but I’ve certainly done a number on the red one – it’s so much fun even if everyone who sees it makes fun of it!
These two photos were taken before I ripped my cube to bits (obviously)!
Thank you Miss Annie and Miss Ellen for making Friday and filling in so much fun…………..Mom and I will be back again NEXT Friday – the day after Thanksgiving when all of us will be full of Thanksgiving goodness!
Meanwhile, I’ll see you all tomorrow for BAKIN’ IN BACONIA right?    RIGHT!

Love, Teddy

Friday Fill-In Fun

Time For Fill-In Fun!

This is a super fun blog hop co-hosted by McGuffy’s Reader and 15andmeowing and each week they give us FOUR sentences with blanks in them – we get to fill-in the blanks any way we want to!   Then we hop around and visit all our friends to see what THEY filled in – cool way to learn stuff about each other!  Wanna play with us?   Then click the badge above, go to McGuffy’s and fill out the LINKY FORM – that’s all there is to is!   Join the Hop!

Here are this week’s sentences and it was Mom who filled the blanks this week and she did it in LIME GREEN!

1. The best part of where I live is we are far enough from Washington, DC not to be in the middle of all the BAD traffic but close enough to visit if we wanted to.
2. The worst part of where I live is our town used to be a lot smaller but as people decide to move “out to the country” things have become more congested out here.
3. If I had  a cabin in the mountains, I would spend every weekend there and come back to the house during the week.

 4. My favourite article of cold weather clothing is my wool hooded cape – SO COZY!.

Now that’s super interesting Mom – I would love it if we had a cabin in the mountains to visit – I think I could even stand to be in the car for an hour if it meant a cozy cabin away from home for a couple of days!

How about this one Mom?????

Gosh Teddy – that one is not very “cozy” and probably costs 87 bazillion dollars!    Sorry – that’s not for two old people and a cat!

Well, how about this one then?????

Gee Teddy – I think that might be JUST A LITTLE BIT TOO SMALL for all of us……….but you’re on the right track!!!!!

OK – this is it – this is the one I want you to buy for us Mom…………can we have it pretty please, pretty please, HUH HUH HUH?????

Know what Teddy?   I love that house…….it’s got personality – love the turret and everything but we aren’t in the market for a cabin – IF we were, this just might be IT though!   One day – maybe one day little man.

OK Mom – I’ll be patient……………………………..meanwhile can I remind everyone that tomorrow is Saturday?    It’s the day I get to be BAKER in BACONIA!   YAY!!!!!    See you all there!!!

Happy Friday!!

Love, Teddy

P.S.   Today is the day we celebrate Veteran’s Day – tomorrow is actually Veteran’s Day but today is the Federal holiday.    It’s a day that we should spend thinking about all who serve their country…………we SOOO appreciate all veterans – we want to always be known as the land of the free and the home of the brave and our VETERANS help to make that possible…….at great sacrifice.  

Thankful for all the brave

My Grandad’s flag…..he was a Veteran

It’s A Two-Fer Friday!!!!

We’re Filling In and Shopping Today!

First – let’s do some sentence filling in with McGuffy’s Reader

This is a super duper blog hop hosted by Ellen of 15andMeowing AND Annie of McGuffy’s Reader.   The FUN part is when everyone fills in the blanks and shares their responses – why is that fun?  Because we learn all kinds of interesting stuff about each other – that’s why!    When you’ve filled in your sentences, just pop over to McGuffy’s at the link on the badge above and fill in the LINKY tool to join in the fun.

This week I thought we’d share – I will do the FIRST two (BLUE), and my Mom will do the LAST two (RED).     Here are this week’s gems from Ellen and Annie:

1. I  would like to interview Santa Claus – just wondering if he has any pets at home and if he likes his work!.
2. I would like to be interviewed by someone who is interested in writing about the joys of being adopted from a shelter – does everyone know how great it is to find a happy home?.
3. Halloween night I will be in my traditional Halloween sweatshirt answering the doorbell with a big basket of trick or treat goodies to hand out while my husband sleeps in the recliner (his version of being HELPFUL!).

4. Once Halloween is over, we usually EAT all the leftover treats – not all at once of course – but over time – that’s why when I shop for Halloween treats I get stuff WE like!.


OK Mom – we did it!    We filled in together!    I hope you all will fill in the sentences and join in the Hop – it really is fun.   Thanks Miss Annie and Miss Ellen for hosting this fun Friday Hop!

Now for part two of this “two-fer” Friday post.   It’s the SHOPPING AROUND THE WORLD day hosted by Bacon of PIGLOVE, but this month is being co-hosted by Da Phenny!   The badge above will magically transport you to Bacon’s blog and if you play along, remember to link to his blog.

If you decide to join in on this Hop, you just need to blog about this month’s project which is “ANYTHING USING PUMPKINS OR OTHER SQUASH”.     Since it’s Halloween time, we’re making a pumpkin recipe.   SURPRISE SURPRISE!    You need to tell the recipe for your project, listing all the ingredients and most importantly the PRICE you paid for the ingredients – see, the fun part is seeing what everybody pays for food items in their local grocery stores all around the world.    Neato huh?

Here’s what Mom made – it was very yummy (so she says because I wasn’t interested in trying it out – I let her and Dad eat it for breakfast!)!



    • 1 can Pillsbury™ refrigerated classic pizza crust  (Cost: $3.29)
    • 3oz cream cheese, softened (Cost:  8 oz. $2.39 – I divided it in half)
    • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin pie filling (Cost:  $2.49 for 15 oz. – I saved what I didn’t use to put in my biscotti!)
    • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar  (I had this on hand)
    • 1 cup canned apple pie filling  (Cost: $1.69 for 15 oz. – I saved what I didn’t use to add to my fresh apples to make a pie)
    • 3/4cup powdered sugar (you need this only if you want to make a little “drizzle” topping on it!)


  • 1. Heat oven to 400°F. Lightly spray large cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  • 2. Unroll 1 can Pillsbury™ refrigerated classic pizza crust on cookie sheet; press dough into 14×9-inch rectangle. Bake 8 minutes; set aside.
  • 3. In medium bowl, beat 3 oz softened cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add 3/4 cup canned pumpkin, 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar and; continue mixing until combined.
  • 4. Spread 1 cup canned apple pie filling along one short edge of crust in straight line. Spread pumpkin-cream cheese mixture evenly over remaining part of crust.
  • 5. Working from the edge with the apple pie filling, carefully roll up crust, being cautious not to squeeze too much, so filling does not come out the sides. Place roll-up in ungreased 9×5-inch loaf pan, seam side down. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until outside is light golden brown. Cool in pan 1 hour.
  • 6. In small bowl, mix 3/4 cup powdered sugar and 1 to 2 tablespoons water until smooth, adding more water for thinner consistency if desired. Drizzle over roll-up. Slice and serve!

I didn’t EAT any of this but it sure smelled good!!!!!   

That’s it for our “two-fer” post this Friday.

My kitty cat “pumpkin-to-be” resting comfortably on Dad’s work bench waiting for the BIG MOMENT when Dad works his magic!

This is what it will probably look like after Dad does his thing…..Angel Sammy always had his own Halloween kitty pumpkin and I’m going to carry on the tradition this year for MY first Halloween………..

Hugs, Teddy

Friendly Fill-Ins Friday

Here We Go!   Filling In Fun!

Know what ELSE it is???????

It’s Friday and that means filling in sentences on a fun Hop co-hosted by 15andMeowing AND McGuffy’s Reader!    Every week we get four sentences with blanks and our job is to fill those blanks in.   The result is that we learn a whole bunch of stuff about each other and that is FUN.    We thank our co-hosts for giving us this opportunity every week.    If you want to join in, just click the badge above and go to McGuffy’s where you can enter your blog info and VOILA – you’re IN!

Here are this week’s sentences and my Mom has filled them in using PURPLE!

1. Keep calm and just concentrate on doing things you WANT to do – things that please YOU.
2. Politics disappoints me.
3. June is my middle name – in honor of my Dad’s sister June.

4. In retrospect, I was not mature enough to get married “first time around” .
VOILA!    Thanks Mom………….I won’t ask you about that #4 thing because the only Daddy I know is the one I have NOW and if “first time around” isn’t around any longer I’m SURE there’s a good reason for that.    I LOVE your “second time around” !!!    Tee Hee
We are having rain AGAIN today so I’ll probably mostly stay inside and snoopervise the Friday housecleaning.   If things get too noisy I can always go out to my favorite spot – the garage……..I know I’m SAFE out there – no noisy cleaning out there to disturb my sleep!
See you all tomorrow in BACONIA!

Love, Teddy

Friendly Friday Fill-Ins


(Never fear – I know it’s not Halloween – I was just PRACTICING!!!!!!)

Happy Friday……… we fill-in sentences in the fun Blog Hop that is co-hosted by Annie of McGuffy’s Reader and Ellen of 15andMeowing!    If you’d like to join this HOP, and do some filling in of your own, just click below and be magically transported to McGuffy’s where you can copy the sentences and fill in your OWN blanks!!!!!

I thought I’d let my old Mom give filling in another whirl this week………………..even though she and Dad deserted me overnight to celebrate my Dad’s birthday, they DID come back home today so I have decided to FORGIVE her and Dad.   Aren’t I nice?  Her reward for coming back to me is doing the fill-ins and she did them today in BRIGHT RED!

1. October is the perfect time to clean out my clothes closet – change of season means sweaters and heavier clothes so clearing out stuff I don’t wear before I put it on the shelves/hang it up MAKES SENSE!!
2. Halloween is still just about as much fun to me as it was when I was a little girl.   I love seeing kids in costumes and having fun like I used to do.

3. Every October, I shop for chrysanthemums – for the yard AND for my front porch – it’s my own personal “tradition”.

4. My experience with the supernatural world is very interesting but not something I talk about with “just anyone” !


Thanks a bunch Mom.    I appreciate you being the STAR this week – maybe next week I’ll FILL-IN as best I can!    In the meantime, I’m going to do my best to stay out of your way today while you and Dad clean the house…………I’ll probably nap a whole lot – while you were gone I was ALLLLLLLLLLL alone and “on guard” for the whole night – I’m SLEEPY!!!!



SHOPPING and Filling-In!

Another Two For One Day!

We have “Shopping Around the World” with Bacon of PIGLOVE today and we also have “Friendly Fill-In Friday” with McGuffys’ Reader and 15andMeowing.    Which one should we do first?   I say:

Let’s fill in our sentences then we’ll go shopping…….this is a fun hop co-hosted by the above two blogger buddies and boy is it FUN.   They give us sentences, and we fill in the blanks and because it’s a HOP we get to HOP around and find out stuff about all our friends because of how they filled in the blanks!     If you click the badge above, you will be transported to McGuffy’s where you can join in the fun with the LINKY tool !

I’m letting Mom answer again this week – I’ve been very generous I think letting her STAR on Fridays but in actuality, most of the time the sentences are more “human friendly” than Teddy friendly.   So let’s see what Mom has to say shall we?   Her filled in stuff is in BLUE.

1. I am far too old to wear the tight jeans that I love to wear but I say “SO WHAT”! 

  1. To save money, I don’t often buy things for the house – I keep towels for instance until you can almost SEE through them (slight exaggeration!) but I kind of figure as long as things WORK, I won’t replace them.   I certainly haven’t ALWAYS been like that though – trust me!
  2. LIFE matter(s).
  3.  The leaves coming down makes me think I don’t have much longer to wait for fires in the fireplace.


OK Mom – good job.    Our thanks go to Annie of McGuffy’s and Ellen of 15andMeowing for this fun weekly Hop.

NOW for our next half of the blog today!

Shopping Around The World

This one is super fun too because it’s ALWAYS interesting to get more recipes but it’s even MORE interesting to see what people pay for the stuff they use to MAKE their chosen food item.   That FOOD ITEM this month is DESSERTS!

This probably sounds crazy but my Mom and Dad almost ALWAYS eat dessert when they go out to dinner but they hardly EVER have dessert at home.   Notice I said “hardly ever” because Mom DOES make dessert from time to time.   Here’s an EASY one and because my Mom is a NUT for coconut (hahaha) she loves these!



3/4 cup condensed milk ($1.99 for 14 oz. container)

1  14-oz package sweet flaked coconut (two packages of 7 oz. – each package $1.84)

1/4 to 1/2 Teaspoon almond extract ($4.99 for two oz.)

1/8 Teaspoon salt (we had some)

24 whole unblanched almonds ($8.99 for 16 oz. package)

1/2 cup dark chocolate morsels ($3.49 for 10 oz. package)



Stir first four ingredients together…………..and drop dough by tablespoons on to parchment paper lined baking sheet (if you grease the spoon a little it will drop out easier!).   Push an almond into the top of each macaroon.   Bake in 350 degree oven for 15-17 minutes until golden brown.   Remove and let cool.

Microwave 1/2 cup chocolate morsels on high for a minute and 15 seconds………..stir well……..when cooled off, dump in a freezer bag and cut a hole in one corner so you can drizzle chocolate on the macaroons!

EASY PEASY and do I have to tell you how delish these are?   Well, I wouldn’t know myself of course but my Mom absolutely ADORES them.

If you have a DESSERT recipe to share today – make sure and link it up to Bacon’s blog at PIGLOVE so he can drool over your recipes but also so his Mom can collect all the recipes and make new snacks for Bacon’s Dad!


THERE YOU HAVE IT!    Friendly Fill-Ins and Shopping Around The World

See you tomorrow at the BACON HARVEST on my blog.   Sheeeeeeeeeee-haaaaw we’re gonna have a good time!


Hugs, Teddy (and Angel Sammy too!)


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